Let's unite, support ED govt: Khupe

HARARE - Leader of the break-away faction of the MDC — Thokozani Khupe,  has called for unity of purpose among opposition parties and other stakeholders as part of the initiative to restore the country’s struggling economy as the bread basket of Africa.

Khupe — one of the losing presidential candidates in the July 30 elections, has been largely quiet on the developments on the economic and political front.

While her counterpart MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has continued to make noise on the political front, describing President Emmerson Mnangagwa as an illegitimate and failed leader, Khupe — on the other hand — sang from a different hymn book as she spoke of unity.

“I have MPs, which means I have a voice in Parliament, I have had discussions with them to say go and raise issues, issues which are going to move this country forward,” Khupe told Southern News.

“As a party, we are going to continue engaging government and telling them exactly ideas on how to move this country forward,” Khupe said.

This comes as the country has in the past few weeks witnessed a spate of unprecedented price increases for most goods and services after parallel markets rates soared and business reacted to the unpopular two percent tax introduction by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube.

So bad has been the situation that the cost of living has suddenly shot up, leaving many wondering if the Mnangagwa government has what it takes to bring an end to Zimbabweans who have endured decades of suffering.

The former deputy prime minister in the inclusive government of 2009-13 said while there was need for opposition parties not to forget, their fight for electoral reforms, at the moment it was important to prioritise the bread and butter issues.

“But right now, let’s talk about moving the country forward at the same time let’s also talk about reforms. So that by the time we get to 2023, our electoral reforms will be in place.

“Like I said before, 2018 was a better election than all the elections we have had before. We are hoping that by 2023 there will be an improvement but our focus for now must be moving this country forward,” she said.

“People want food on their tables, jobs, hospitals that are functional. We want to get rid of all these negative things that are happening. We want a better Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe used to be the bread-basket of Africa. We want Zimbabwe to go back to where it was.”

She added: “Let us learn as Zimbabweans to put our interests aside and put the people first. Let us put the interest of Zimbabwe first.”

Comments (6)

They call it political maturity , Mam'Khupe.

Takalani Matibe - 14 November 2018

Power Hungry Chamisa must follow this example

Adam - 14 November 2018

Its called prostitution bra; political prostitutes and sell-outs are always there. Even Judas sold Jesus as Thoko sells Nelson. Career politicians find it very easy to summersalt. Stupid economy, its not but stupid politics and these are the fundamentals that trigger growth and development in our beloved country. ED will fail spectacularly bcoz of contested election results. Concourt never said ED won but 'kicked out' Chamisa on a technicality. With USA, EU, Commonwealth and other us refusing to endorse ED; then forget it. Britain is in Bigshit bcoz of stupid Brexit decision and raderless May can not help Zim. ED must man-up and confront elephant in the room; bring back legitimacy. I still love you all!

Save - 14 November 2018

Follow example of a person who got 1% people's mandate is madness of the highest order. Let me repeat this; "whether in Church, Government, Local Community Structures, Politics or Private Business; as long as you have men and women who always volunteer to kiss other men/women's asses for favours, my people will remain in perpetual bondage of poverty, fear and serious deprivation of basic necessities of life". To me, this sits at the centre of the Zim crisis. For too long, many of our people allowed RGM to abuse them for financial gain; yet still we have a stampede of people volunteering to be abused by ED and his ilk. These are not national leadership material and most have looted all available resources and left a shell. I still love you!

Save - 14 November 2018

Madam Khupe trying to see if ED will consider her for any government post.I doubt if they have anything in their cash box to pay her.

chimuti - 14 November 2018

It is good to move thcountry forwad but with the correct people. Khupe is saying this so that she stays relevant otherwise she is now in political oblivion. I want tyou to understand that this is her end and her party is also doing the same. She hopes by singing this tune people are going to listen to her. Khupe sold out and on the basis of that she has no role to play. She was not able to realise that she was surviving as deputy because of Save and because of the ethnic dimension of Zimbabwe. She was not able to read the signs and she has signed herself to oblivion. Let her support a loosing horse ED who obviously is failing. There is no way he ED will change the economy when he cheated in the elections. Forget it

Zvighubhu ngondo ngondo - 15 November 2018

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